Thursday April 24, 2014
The Great Divide Between Religious Government and Human RightsTim King Salem-News.com
Those of us who support human rights can't play favorites; we must extend an even hand to all people and force the violators of laws that exist to protect our most precious rights in front of the harsh light of justice.
(SACRAMENTO, CA) - This week a news contact expressed shock over learning that our longtime friend and writer, Gordon Duff, known for his role as an activist and reporter in Middle east affairs; a Marine Corps Veteran like so many of us here at Salem-News, is writing for Press TV in Tehran. One complaint was that Press TV is an Iranian government media organization, and I do not disagree. However PBS and The BBC are both government news agencies, so is Voice of America and a host of other media groups that operate with ranging degrees of credibility.
I drew the assumption that my contact, who had been providing information about a developing story in the world most are following, the shootings in Newton, Connecticut, possibly had not been fully immersed in our philosophy, so I gave it my best shot.
At any rate, here is my reply:
I don't want to shock or disappoint you but we have worked with Press TV for years too, Press TV even produces the Occupy Marines TV show. I will never say the government of Iran isn't problematic, but I learned years ago that the US media will never give Iran a fair shake, so we work hard to tell the truth about how Iran has not attacked a country outside of its borders for years.
For what it is worth, I have spent time in the Middle east covering both Iraq and Afghanistan and my eyes were opened to many things.
Our concept is all equal human rights with zero tolerance for placing one religion or culture or race above or ahead of others. Israel, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Burma (Myanmar) and Rwanda and the DRC are the countries we watch the most. The Zionists call us 'antisemitic' when in fact we are friends with endless Jewish people from the left and Israelis in particular, and they supply our news and we work together closely.
Israeli people deserve better, they need a government that is willing to settle down and end the violence and ensure equal rights for all.
Sri Lanka's Sinhala Buddhists committed a Genocide against Tamils in the north that left up to 160k dead. I was honored in July for my reports on that war along with my wife and was the keynote speaker in front of 3k Tamils from mostly North America but from India and Sri Lanka and Europe.
Salem-News.com is a growing, powerful voice in the world and we love all people except military and political maniacs who keep pushing us closer to non-existence.
So, I hope this makes sense and note that I am stopping everything else I am doing to write this to you because I think it is very important. We must not let religion keep being the reason people are dying needlessly.
And for the record, I think the biggest war crime government in the world is my own, and that is really one hell of a thing to say.
Now that I have written this, I think I will go ahead and publish it, and perhaps your reaction can be added to it. So many people call us "supporters of terrorists" because we are open-minded toward the Palestinians and the Tamils and their resistance groups that are very much like the founders of this country. The world can only continue if we stop religious hatred, international law needs to be observed and no country is above prosecution.
In solidarity with the world's weakest and most downtrodden and their brave and meaningful supporters,
Tim King has more than twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. Tim is Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. His background includes covering the war in Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007, and reporting from the Iraq war in 2008. Tim is a former U.S. Marine who follows stories of Marines and Marine Veterans; he's covered British Royal Marines and in Iraq, Tim embedded with the same unit he served with in the 1980's.
Tim holds awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing from traditional mainstream news agencies like The Associated Press and Electronic Media Association; he also holds awards from the National Coalition of Motorcyclists, the Oregon Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs; and was presented with a 'Good Neighbor Award' for his reporting, by the The Red Cross.
Tim's years as a Human Rights reporter have taken on many dimensions; he has rallied for a long list of cultures and populations and continues to every day, with a strong and direct concentration on the 2009 Genocide of Tamil Hindus and Christians in Sri Lanka. As a result of his long list of reports exposing war crimes against Tamil people, Tim was invited to be the keynote speaker at the FeTNA (Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America) Conference in Baltimore, in July 2012. This is the largest annual gathering of North American Tamils; Tim addressed more than 3000 people and was presented with a traditional Sri Lanka ‘blessed garland’ and a shawl as per the tradition and custom of Tamil Nadu
In a personal capacity, Tim has written 2,026 articles as of March 2012 for Salem-News.com since the new format designed by Matt Lintz was launched in December, 2005. Serving readers with news from all over the globe, Tim's life is literally encircled by the endless news flow published by Salem-News.com, where more than 100 writers contribute stories from 23+ countries and regions.
Tim specializes in writing about political and military developments worldwide; and maintains that the label 'terrorist' is ill placed in many cases; specifically with the LTTE Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, where it was used as an excuse to slaughter people by the tens of thousands; and in Gaza, where a trapped population lives at the mercy of Israel's destructive military war crime grinder. At the center of all of this, Tim pays extremely close attention to the safety and welfare of journalists worldwide. You can write to Tim at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit Tim's Facebook page (facebook.com/TimKing.Reporter)
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